(Original install 2001 below, replaced with a Basment step and 8" Glow steps from Torklift.com 2013-awesome install-this page documents original install which served us well for 12 years. Helped minimize the 14" step out of camper. But the new Basement step eliminates it all together as it adds a step on bumper. If you have steps and are trying to make step distance better and virtually no cost this page may help-IF you dont have steps-highly reccomend looking at the Basement step from Torklift.com. The scissor steps below also served us well- but new 8" x 20" Glow steps from Torklift are simply nice. Though replacing because original alteration to old steps shown below wouldnt allow use in conjunction with new basement step, its an upgrade initself is nice as old steps are 6"x17". )|
Install scissor steps
So I cut off the supplied bracket and upper part of arms that sets in the mounting track. We use the rear folded lip/edge of top step to set in the track. I mounted track to back side of camper flip down step in the stored position. This lessens the vertical distance stepping out of the camper to step surface & doubles the width of landing (camper step+scissor step). Cool. Added a small set screw in middle of camper step track and a hole in step. When mounted I just reach under and thread the screw in until it goes thru the step hole. Keeps the steps centered & from jumping out of the track.
I also made a simple base (no pic & no longer used) out of 1/4 plywood, its a bout 6" deep and a bit wider longer than the bottom hoop, Used 1x2 to capture step base (just a flat bar hoop) and 2 pieces under neath at ends to act as feet. A lot of places are not flat so this helped keep it stable and from sinking/sliding in dirt.
A lot of folks hard mount the scissor steps but we just carry them. On the road or loading/unloading at home using the campers flip out step is ok and easy. Once at camp its minor putting out the step. Hard mounting there always there and you don't need a place to carry. Plus an minus to every thing huh?
Note some steps the attaching bracket is attached to the step and not on arm extensions as ours was. You could either use or just remove.
06/01 Installed a handrail to make using the scissors more comfortable
Also built a bottom landing that also is adjustable.
See 02/07 on main page - Or link here 'adding some adjustability'
See 02/10 on main page - Or link here add spacers to step
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